Living in a mixed gluten-free and non-gluten-free household can be challenging. Here are some tips to stay on track from the Gluten Intolerance Group.
Get duplicates of all kitchen tools that could harbor gluten. Mark all GF items in red.
Toasters. If you’ve ever toasted gluten-containing products in it, get yourself a new one and mark it clearly. (For toaster ovens, see if you can purchase another rack for it.)
Colanders, strainers, and flour sifters. Since pastas and gluten often get stuck in the small holes and slits, cleaning them fully is problematic if not impossible. Have separate items for GF foods.
Wooden utensils, boards, rolling pins. Porous items can harbor gluten.
Cutting boards (plastic or wood). Due to cuts and grooves that can develop in these items, it’s best to get new ones to designate for GF use only.
Baking sheets and pans. Baking sheets and pans often develop cuts and grooves. For baking sheets, one option is to use parchment paper with existing pans when baking GF cookies. To simplify matters and to ensure safety, consider having separate GF designated baking sheets and pans for all GF baking.
Non-stick pots and pans. If there are any cuts or scratches in the surface of an item, it needs replacing. For more tips on being GF in a mixed household, download our guide to gluten-free living: